The day the lights went out

Samhita Pendyal

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On October 11 seniors had their convocation. However, things didn’t go exactly as planned.
Before school started, a tree fell on a power line near the intersection of Pouncy Tract and Shady Grove. The tree caught on fire and had to be removed by fire officials. No one was hurt.
Because the fallen tree caused the power line to be disturbed, some places, including our school, lost power.
“I had no idea what had happened when the lights went out. All I remember was that there was a pop, and then the lights just went out. It was then so dark, and everyone was freaking out,” senior Jacob Lesley said.
However, that did not stop school officials from continuing convocation plans. Officials redirected the electricity from other parts of the school to the auditorium. Because it was so hot on the stage, a student fainted and Mrs. Amy El-Khouri spent time on stage to make sure everything flowed smoothly, including playing on the piano as the seniors came in the auditorium. After the sound ceased to work, the convocation still went on with Monica Brinkley Davis, the guest speaker, Mrs. Hope Parham, and Mr. Leonard Pritchard making remarks about the graduating class of 2018.
“I liked how she [El-Khouri] was able to get the convocation moving, even though there was no music. I really appreciate that she worked so hard to make sure everything worked, albeit not in the way we thought it would work out,” senior Davis Matthew said.
Most students agree that this convocation was special.
“Our convocation is definitely something that I won’t forget,” senior Jacob Lewis said. “Between everything that happened, I think our convocation is definitely going to make us stand out compared to any other class.”
The Outstanding Wildcat award went to Ryan Hall, who was recognized for his excellence inside and outside the classroom, such as his contributions to both the soccer team and SCA.
The convocation, although not what was originally planned, was still something that the class of 2018 will remember for years to come.

The day the lights went out